London - Five legends of the game will be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony to celebrate their lives and careers in the game in Rugby, England, on Friday November 10.
World Rugby announced on their official website that an Englishman, an American, a Canadian, a Frenchman and an Argentinian will be honoured at the ceremony, which will also be attended by a host of other rugby luminaries at the Hall of Fame’s state-of-the-art physical home in the town that gave the game its name.
The full list of new inductees (with induction number and country) is: Felipe Contepomi (133, Argentina), Al Charron (134, Canada), Rob Andrew (135, England), Fabien Pelous (136, France) and Phaidra Knight (137, USA).
Confirmation of the class of 2017, as chosen by the World Rugby Hall of Fame panel of experts, takes the grand total of inductees to 137 with each celebrated and profiled within a physical experience in the birthplace of the game that is fully interactive, immersive and delivered in multiple languages.
This year’s induction ceremony coincides with the start of the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour, which will kick off in Rugby town on November 10 and take the famous Webb Ellis Cup all over the globe before arriving in Japan in time for the game’s pinnacle tournament less than two years from now.